Pawn Shop Circuit: #497
Neil must have seen the spark on my frontal lobe as my gaze fell on a Kimber. He put his paper down and got up to pull the pistol out for me. I opened the chamber, confirmed it was unloaded and began my 1911 checklist. Everything looked OK, but I wasn't pleased at all with the cheapo extended slide stop. The magazine follower would not raise it to engage the slide. It was a Pro Carry, a Series 1 Kimber....No firing pin safety and the extractor was inside the slide. The trigger was nice, and the pistol did not appear to have been used much. The sights had been changed out for Tru Glo replacements. I wondered if the rubber front strap covering concealed that awful Kimber checkering. That ugly Good Year thing would have to go. The rear of the slide was emblazoned with a NRA emblem on each side that proclaimed the pistol to be #497 of 750.
I asked if I could field strip the gun. It had a bushingless bull barrel, so I questioned Neil whether a box came with the pistol. He nodded and dug a plastic Kimber case from underneath the counter. Inside I found not only the documents and takedown tool, but also the original slide stop. I removed the slide and had a look. The pistol was dry as mummy crap. The frame was lightweight, probably aluminum, I thought. The mainspring housing was plastic. The interior of the gun showed no wear. I reassembled the pistol slowly as I calculated what it would take make it carry worthy. Nothing really, assuming it was reliable. Take off the finger groove rubber, and put 500 trouble free rounds down range through it.
I turned over the tag. $649. I asked Neil if he could go $550. He countered with $600. Deal.